This Week at Thoreau

This Week at Thoreau / July 20 – July 28, 2019

Saturday, July 20

Let’s Party Like It’s 1969!  /  Pizza and Potluck: 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thoreau Campus in Richmond

Family-friendly gathering to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.  Play space-related games, remember where you were, and share your dreams to travel the universe!  “Moon in your eye” Pizza Pie, ice tea and lemonade will be provided.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share, plus BYOB.  Space and moon-themed items and dress encouraged!  Volunteers to help out are also appreciated. Please RSVP to Betty Johnson so we have a rough idea for how many to expect.

Sunday, July 21

Adult Discussion Group: – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Race to the Moon and First Step on the Moon

Presented by Gene Reed

Fifty years ago, today, US astronauts were walking on the Moon for the first time in the history of our planet thanks to the hard work of scientists, engineers, and mathematicians like our own Gene Reed.  Join us as Gene recalls those exciting days that pushed the frontiers of our knowledge and technology against the risks of failure and loss of life.  He’ll discuss what it was like then compared to today, when we have more computer power in our pocket cellphones than an entire NASA spacecraft had back then.  We’ll review the many benefits we enjoyed from that hard work and sacrifice.  Then we’ll discuss the future direction of our space explorations and implications of foreign competition.

Sunday Celebration:

Promoting Constructive Change: A Revolution of LOVE?

Rev. Dr. Dan King.

History tells us throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, and especially during the period from July of 1776 through July of 1789, revolution through armed conflict was in the air in both the American and European continents.  With the currents of contemporary history, could we consider how to leverage our own efforts to be more effective to promote healthy changes using the “soft power” of Love?

Outreach Offering: School Supplies

Wednesday, July 24

“Moms’ Morning In” playgroup gathering: – 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Toddlers and Preschool kids and their moms, dads, or caregivers are invited to enjoy some quality time together in our wonderful backyard!  Bring your friends and share in the fun!

Adult Enrichment:

The AE Lunch Group is on hiatus and will meet again on Wednesday, July 31.

Saturday, July 27

Memorial Service for Bob Fazakerly: 4:00 p.m. – Museum District

A reception will follow the celebration of life of First UU’s “Musician Emeritus.

Sunday, July 28

Adult Discussion Group: – 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Unidentified Flying Objects – UFOs!

Presented by Tony Veneruso

There were laughable UFO crazes in the 1950s as well as real fears from the cold war nuclear tests and even Orson Wells’ “War of the Worlds” Halloween broadcast, which panicked the nation 75 years ago.  Unfortunately, UFO witnesses have been ridiculed while a key aspect was ignored: UFOs are by definition unidentified.  Thankfully, when honest evidence gathering is encouraged it has helped to identify some former UFOs such as red sprites and blue jets, which are upper atmospheric optical phenomena coincident with powerful lightning strokes.  Recently, the US Navy drafted new guidelines for pilots to report encounters with “unidentified aircraft”.  Pilots have reported seeing objects flying at 30,000 feet with no exhaust plumes and at supersonic speeds.  Let’s discuss this and if you have any personal UFO encounters, know someone who has, or if you have been abducted, or would like to be (especially after seeing the evening news).

Sunday Celebration:

Our Spiritual Journeys in Song

In this mostly-music service, the Yellow Dog Howlers band members will share songs that epitomize their spiritual journey and UU values in some way.  Singing along will be encouraged.

Outreach Offering: School Supplies

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